MANILA, Philippines (13th UPDATE) - Classes will remain suspended Wednesday in some schools, colleges, and universities in Metro Manila and nearby areas because of heavy rains and floods caused by typhoon Pedring, authorities said Tuesday.
Classes are suspended Wednesday in primary and secondary levels in public and private schools in Navotas; Malabon; Marikina City; Bulacan; Angeles City; Pampanga; Nueva Vizcaya; and San Mateo, Cainta, and Antipolo in Rizal.
Classes in pre-school, elementary and high school in La Salle Greenhills on Wednesday are also suspended.
Bro. Felipe Belleza, president of La Salle Greenhills, told dzMM the school needs the day to clean the classrooms due to the rains brought by typhoon Pedring.
Diliman Preparatory School in Novaliches,Quezon City suspended classes on Wednesday.
Laguna Gov. E.R. Ejercito also suspended classes in primary and secondary levels in the province.
Classes in all levels in the Ilocos Region and Isabela are also suspended Wednesday, according to local government and education officials.
Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian also announced class suspensions in the following barangays: Polo, Balangkas, Pasolo, Coloong, Malanday, Tagalag, Isla, Wawang Pulo, Poblacion, Arkong Bato, Rincon, Mabolo, and Bisig.
Classes will also remain suspended in Bagong Silangan Elementary School in Quezon City; Sucat and Cupang elementary schools in Muntinlupa; P. Guevarra Elementrary School in Manila; International Christian Academy in Paranaque; School of the Holy Spirit in BF Homes, Quezon City; and Creative Learning School Inc. in Pasig on Wednesday.
As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA had already lifted storm signal warning In Metro Manila.
Colleges and universities
In the tertiary level, the following colleges and universities announced suspension of classes Wednesday:
- University of Sto. Tomas
- De La Salle University - Manila
- Adamson University
- La Consolacion College-Manila
- Sta. Isabel College-Manila
- Technological Insitute of the Philippines-Manila
- Technological Insitute of the Philippines - Quezon City
- Philippine Christian University-Taft
- University of the Philippines Diliman (all classes suspended from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- University of the East - Manila (only elementary and high school classes suspended)
- University of the East - Caloocan (only elementary and high school classes suspended)
- Manila Central University, Caloocan
- St. Mary's College, Quezon City
- Sta. Cecilia College, Valenzuela
- Colegio de Sta. Cecilia, Valenzuela
- OB Montessori, Greenhills
- Holy Family School, Diliman
- Centro Escolar University - Malolos
- Bulacan Polytechnic College
- Bulacan State University
- Baliuag University
- La Consolacion University Philippines
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has left it to respective colleges and universities to decide suspension of their classes Tuesday.
Based on CHEd Memorandum Order No. 34 series of 2010, classes at the collegiate level, including graduate school, are automatically suspended in higher education institutions (HEIs) once public storm warning signal number 3 is raised.
However, heads of HEIs have the discretion to cancel classes even if signal number 3 is not yet declared, especially if there are other factors, such as flooding and road damage.
The CHEd memo also stated that "even without the suspension of classes, students who are unable to report to class or participate in scheduled activities such as exams, due to inclement weather, shall be given consideration and be allowed to make up for the missed class or activity."
Based on the memo, the commission will not declare cancellation of classes.
Gov't offices, most classes to resume
Malacañang also announced Tuesday that private offices, government offices and most schools in the National Capital Region will resume on Wednesday as Typhoon “Pedring” continues to move away from the country.
However, deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte explained in an interview with radio dzMM that in areas that are still flooded, the discretion for suspension is left to the local government units and the school officials concerned.
“We have already coordinated with PAGASA-DOST (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration-Department of Science and Technology). The recommendation of PAGASA is really the resumption of work and classes dahil light to moderate rains nalang ang expected natin bukas,” Valte said on Tuesday evening.
Valte noted that affected areas where suspension of classes or work has already been declared will still hold.
“Doon sa mga ibang areas na nag-declare na sila [na walang pasok], the suspension will still hold,” she said.